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European Community Urgent Radiological Information Exchange (ECURIE)


SUMMARY

The European Community Urgent Radiological Information Exchange (ECURIE) system is the technical implementation of the Council Decision 87/600/Euratom on Community arrangements for the early notification and exchange of information in the event of a radiological or nuclear emergency. This 87/600 Council Decision requires from the ECURIE Member States that they promptly notify the European Commission (EC) and all the Member States potentially affected when they intend to take counter-measures in order to protect their population against the effects of a radiological or nuclear accident. The EC will immediately forward this notification to all Member States. Following this first notification, all Member States are required to inform the Commission at appropriate intervals about the measures they take and the radioactivity levels they have measured. All the 27 EU Member States as well as Switzerland and Croatia have signed the ECURIE agreement. The ECURIE system consists of three major parts:
  1. the data-format Convention Information Structure (CIS) which describes in detail what type of information may be sent, as well as the format in which it has to be sent;
  2. dedicated ECURIE software (called CoDecS) in order to create, send and receive notifications in the CIS format using Internet and ISDN;
  3. a network of Contact Points (CPs) and Competent Authorities (CAs) officially nominated by each Member State and by the EC to operate the ECURIE system.
There is an agreement with the IAEA to exchange notifications by fax with their early notification system ENATOM. In future it is foreseen to harmonize the ECURIE and ENATOM data-formats and to achieves automatic exchange of relevant notifications between the two notification systems.


LEGAL TITLES AND REFERENCES

  1. Council Decision of 14 December 1987 on Community arrangements for the early exchange of information in the event of a radiological emergency. Official Journal L 371 , 30/12/1987 P. 0076 - 0078.
  2. Proposal for a Council Decision approving the conclusion of the Convention on Early Notification of a Nuclear Accident /* COM/2004/0560 final */
  3. Agreement between the European Atomic Energy Community (Euratom) and non-member States of the European Union on the participation of the latter in the Community arrangements for the early exchange of information in the event of radiological emergency (Ecurie) Official Journal C 102 , 29/04/2003 P. 0002 - 0005


PARTICIPANTS

EC
EU Member States, Switzerland, Croatia.